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Geography - A Level at Heckmondwike Grammar School

Course description

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Course Content

Year 12

Water and carbon cycles

This section of our specification focuses on the major stores of water and carbon at or near the Earth’s surface and the dynamic cyclical relationships associated with them.

Glacial systems and landscapes

This section of our specification focuses on glaciated landscapes.

Changing places

This section of our specification focuses on people's engagement with places, their experience of them and the qualities they ascribe to them, all of which are of fundamental importance in their lives.

Contemporary urban environments

This section of our specification focuses on urban growth and change which are seemingly ubiquitous processes and present significant environmental and social challenges for humans.

Year 13
Global Systems and Global Governance

This section of our specification focuses on globalisation – the economic, political and social changes associated with technological and other driving forces which have been a key feature of global economy and society in recent decades .


This optional section of our specification focuses on the lithosphere and the atmosphere, which intermittently but regularly present natural hazards to human populations.

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements for admission to the Sixth Form:

• A grade 5 in Mathematics, with a 6 preferred.

• A grade 5 in English Language or English Literature, with a 6 preferred.

• Achieving at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 6 or above.

Subject specific requirement

  • Grade 6 in Geography




Component 1: Physical geography

Written exam: 2h 30mins, 120 marks, 40% of A-level

Component 2: Human geography  

Written exam: 2h 30mins, 120 marks, 40% of A-level

Component 3: Geography investigation

Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. 60 marks, 20% of A-level


Future opportunities

Career Opportunities

Geography is a broad based academic degree which is well respected by employers. Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment. Geographers enter a very wide range of career areas and put simply there is no such thing as a geography job, there are jobs that geographers do. Studying geography provides you with valuable skills and a firm base for life-long learning.

Careers with a geography degree:-

Journalist, Environmental lawyer, Catastrophe modeller/emergency planner, Landscape architect, Weather forecaster.

Further information

Special Features

The teaching is normally shared by all members of the department who contribute their own particular areas of expertise.  Lessons include a variety of activities including discussion, group work and the use of video and IT resources.  Fieldwork, including a residential session, plays an important part in the course.  For purposes of fieldwork, a charge will be required.

Exam Board: AQA

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heckmondwike Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks

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